“85 Million Fewer Bus Journeys Last Year Amid ‘Devastating’ Cuts”

“”Cutting and withdrawing services is worsening congestion, air pollution and our impact on climate change.”

“The number of passenger journeys made by bus in England fell by 85 million last year, amid “devastating” cuts on local services.

Passenger journeys declined by 3.2% outside London, continuing a decade-long trend, while bus use in the capital fell by 0.7%, according to the latest figures from the Department for Transport.

Out of 88 local authorities in England outside London, 70 saw a fall in bus use since 2009/10.

Labour said the new figures underlined the impact of Conservative policies, and underlined “the devastating impact of Tory cuts on local bus services”.

Andy McDonald, shadow transport secretary, said: “These figures underline the People are being denied opportunities in work and education and are cut off from friends and family, particularly those in rural areas or from low income backgrounds.”

These figures underline the devastating impact of Tory cuts on local bus servicesAndy McDonald, Shadow Transport Secretary
MacDonald added: “At the same time, cutting and withdrawing services is worsening congestion, air pollution and our impact on climate change.

“A Labour government will act in the interest of the many by putting investment back into bus services, protecting pensioners’ bus passes and introducing a new free pass for under 25s.” …”

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  1. It was the buses that brought people from the rural areas into town and city centres; the loss of buses would have made a significant contribution to the decline in high streets.
    Social prescribing is supposed to encourage people to join clubs and classes – but people cannot get there because there are no buses to get them there and back.
    Hospital car parks and park and ride car parks are overflowing because there aren’t the buses now.
    No good the Government boasting ( as on PM’s Question Time today) that they are giving seniors bus passes, because they are useless if there are no fit for purpose bus services.
    We need good regular bus services to allow people to travel to work, schools, colleges, hospitals, shopping, socialising with friends and families.
    Yes the roads into town and city centres are heavily congested with cars which pollute the environment.
    Oh when will they ever learn?

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